Tutors for ORF
Annemarie Klein, Helen Hooker, Lesley Clarke, Liz Alexander (composer in residence), Michael Graham, Moira Usher, Ruth Burbidge .
Annemarie Klein completed her undergraduate music degree at the University of Edinburgh,
and her Master in recorder performance at Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium, where she studied with Bart Coen and Bart Spanhove. Originally from Luxembourg, she has settled in Edinburgh where she has developed a freelance portfolio career as a musician.
As well as teaching pupils of all ages privately, Annemarie is regularly invited to tutor at various residential courses and to guest-conduct recorder groups around the UK. Recent performance highlights include recitals with her ensembles Musica Mundana and The Spinacino Consort (focussing on music of the Renaissance and Baroque) and Atelier 32:44 (with accordion, exploring the tail ends of the classical music repertoire). Additionally, she has recently performed a programme of Vivaldi solo concertos in Luxembourg and France, and premiÃ¨red a new work with soloists from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Annemarie has also translated CD liner notes for Flanders Recorder Quartet into both English and French and edited notes for recorder quartet I Flautisti.
Helen Hooker is an experienced recorder player, teacher and conductor. The main focus of Helen’s teaching is working with adult players of all abilities, regularly coaching SRP branches and teaching on weekend courses throughout the UK. She has been a tutor at the Recorder Summer School since 1993 and Chairman since 2005. Helen is an active performer, both as a soloist and ensemble player. Her debut solo CD, Helen and Friends, was launched to critical acclaim in 2009. She is also a member of The Parnassian Ensemble, a baroque ensemble which specialises in the performance of unjustly neglected English Baroque music.
As a conductor Helen has a strong interest in recorder orchestras. She formed the Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra and has had a long working relationship with the Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia and Phoenix Recorder Orchestra. Recent orchestral projects have included Bravo Bonsor!, a CD of music composed by the late Brian Bonsor.
Lesley has played woodwind instruments from an early age, the recorder having first instilled a love of music. She is also an able pianist. Her clarinet studies included lessons with BBC Symphony Orchestra clarinettists Colin Bradbury and Donald Watson. She holds a performance diploma from Trinity College of Music. Lesley is also a flautist and saxophonist as well as a recorder player, and her busy, versatile career includes teaching pupils from beginner to concerto standard, coaching various woodwind groups, adjudication, arranging music, and performing in both orchestral and chamber music spheres – with interests ranging widely from Baroque to jazz. Lesley belongs to the Eastern Recorder Orchestra (EROS) and is conducting a piece in the next EROS concert. When musical demands permit, Lesley enjoys painting and craft work.
Liz studied music at the University of Southampton, with recorder as her first study instrument under Pamela Thorby and Helen Hooker. After gaining a PGCE in Secondary Music from Cambridge, where she was also a choral scholar, Liz settled in Suffolk and now has over 20 years’ experience teaching from early years foundation stage to A level. She plays and sings with various ensembles including Eastern Recorder Orchestra, Recorders Incorporated and recorder/Baroque flute, Baroque bassoon and harpsichord trio, Zephyr Baroque.
Liz’s first work for recorder orchestra A Piece of Cheese grew from a joke about cheese with a fellow EROS member. It has since been published and was recorded by Dietrich Schnabel in 2018. Liz’s inspiration for her music is usually personal, based on people, places, events, or food! Her musical style includes easy flowing motifs and melodies that meander over mainly traditional harmony, with a twist of added note chords and modal inflections inspired by early music, jazz, folk, pop and 30 years of playing in recorder orchestras and choral singing. Liz currently has a number of works for recorders on manuscript and has vowed 2020 is the year to get them all to the publishers! She is the centre spread featured composer for The Recorder Magazine summer issue 2020 and excited to be composer in residence for ORF this year.
Michael is a conductor and composer based in Edinburgh. He currently works with various orchestral, choral and instrumental ensembles in Scotland and further afield performing a wide range of repertoire, from historical to contemporary styles. Described as having “an infectious enthusiasm for music”, he served as the Edinburgh Society of Recorder Players’ Musical Director between 2011 and 2017 and established the Edinburgh Recorder Ensemble, a one-to-a-part chamber orchestra. He has won several prizes in conducting from the University of Edinburgh and the Association of British Choral Directors. In January 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Bayreuth Scholarship from the Wagner Society of Scotland to fund music study in Germany this summer. Michael is currently the Centrespread Composition Editor of The Recorder Magazine.
Conductor, Composer and Arranger
Moira Usher studied cello, piano and recorder at Trinity College of Music, London before moving into high schools as a music teacher until she retrained for special needs work. Musically she has played cello in a number of local orchestras and ran a community choir for 15 years. She now sings in a local choir. She is a Visiting Conductor for the SRP, teaches on the Recorder Summer School and tutors at SuRF. She is the founder and conductor of the Eastern Recorder Orchestra and does most of the conducting for Suffolk Branch of the SRP. She is the chair of the Walter Bergmann Fund committee. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth’s musical training includes three years at the Royal Academy of Music, studying piano and flute, and after several years teaching, a year at Trinity College of Music studying piano, flute, recorder and harpsichord. During her year at Trinity she won the prestigious Raymond Russell Prize for harpsichord and was very involved in the Early Music scene playing recorder and harpsichord. She has performed many times as a soloist and accompanist, on both recorder and harpsichord.
Well known for her accompanying and tutoring skills, she is invited to conduct groups throughout the UK and goes to the USA each year to join the faculty on a workshop in Connecticut. She is the director of the chamber recorder orchestra “The Eleven”.
Her business Peacock Press publishes many titles of recorder music and as Recorder Music Mail sells recorder music all over the world. www.recordermail.co.uk